Excitement is in the air

It’s been six weeks since the Super Bowl, and the sports world has been dull. Let me bring you up to date on what’s happened. The Patriots won the Super Bowl. Spring training started. Bryce Harper got a $330 million contract.

That’s about it. Like I said, it’s been pretty dull until now. This week, we have the start of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Major League Baseball opens its regular season in Japan. Seattle and Oakland in Tokyo. Strange but true.

I filled out my bracket today for the Division I men’s basketball tournament. The 68-team single-elimination tournament holds 67 games over 19 days, a jam-packed end to the season that aptly earned the nickname March Madness.

Before you ask me who I picked, let me tell you that I have never won my league, and I’ve been picking brackets since I was in college back in the 1970’s. The reason is that I don’t follow college basketball closely enough to be any good.

Now, I’ll tell you that I picked Duke to win it all. Big deal. I’m sure other contestants in the South Texas Bracketeers league also picked Duke. What will determine the winner is who else we picked in the earlier rounds. We’ll see what happens.

I’m more interested in major league baseball. I’ve already drafted three fantasy baseball teams. I have a team in the Miami Roto League, St. Louis Roto League and Oakland Roto League. Seventy-five players and do duplications.

It’s March 18th, and spring is in the air. Love is in the air. Baseballs are in the air. Pollen is in the air. Fifty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal council for defendants.

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” I will not remain silent.




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